LA Film Festival Announces Its 2014 Lineup

LA Film Festival Lineup
VINCENT PIAZZA as Tommy DeVito, ERICH BERGEN as Bob Gaudio, JOHN LLOYD YOUNG as Frankie Valli and MICHAEL LOMENDA as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures' musical "JERSEY BOYS," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac Entertainment)

Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys has been selected as the Closing Night film for the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival running Wednesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 19th. This year’s festival marks the 20th anniversary of the event and will be held at L.A. Live in downtown LA for the fifth year.

The LAFF also revealed this year’s Gala Screenings which will include Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, Justin Simien’s Dear White People, and Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January.

“We’ve got an amazing line-up for our 20th anniversary: starting with a bang with Bong and ending with a musical celebration from Clint Eastwood,” said David Ansen, Artistic Director of the Festival. “It’s exciting to see Eastwood still tackling new forms. His deft, rousing translation of Jersey Boys from stage to screen is further confirmation of his amazing, ageless talent.”

Narrative Competition:

10 Minutes, Dir. Lee Yong-Seung, South Korea. North American Premiere.
Comet, Dir. Sam Esmail, USA. World Premiere.
Lake Los Angeles, Dir. Mike Ott, USA. World Premiere.
Man From Reno, Dir. Dave Boyle, USA. World Premiere.
Recommended By Enrique, Dir. Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, USA/Argentina/France. World Premiere.
Runoff, Dir. Kimberly Levin, USA. World Premiere.
Someone You Love, Dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen, Denmark. North American Premiere.
Uncertain Terms, Dir. Nathan Silver, USA. World Premiere.
The Young Kieslowski, Dir. Kerem Sanga, USA. World Premiere.

Documentary Competition:

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, Dir. William J. Saunders, USA. World Premiere.
The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, Dir. Gabriel London, USA/Canada. US Premiere.
Meet the Patels, Dirs. Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel, USA/India. US Premiere.
My Name Is Salt, Dir. Farida Pacha, Switzerland/India. North American Premiere.
Out in the Night, Dir. blair dorosh-walther, USA. World Premiere.
Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, Dir. N.C. Heikin, USA. World Premiere.
Stray Dog, Dir. Debra Granik, USA. World Premiere.
Walking Under Water, Dir. Eliza Kubarska, Poland/Germany/UK. US Premiere.

LA Muse:

Dreams are Colder than Death, Dirs. Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, USA. World Premiere.
Eat With Me, Dir. David Au, USA. World Premiere.
Echo Park, Dir. Amanda Marsalis, USA. World Premiere.
The Ever After, Dir. Mark Webber, USA/Australia. World Premiere.
Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, Dir. Scott Teems, USA. Sneak Peek.
Inner Demons, Dir. Seth Grossman, USA. World Premiere.
Los Ángeles, Dir. Damian John Harper, Mexico/Germany. International Premiere.
Nightingale, Dir. Elliott Lester, USA. World Premiere.
The Road Within, Dir. Gren Wells, USA. World Premiere.
Supremacy, Dir. Deon Taylor, USA. World Premiere.
Trouble Dolls, Dirs. Jess Weixler, Jennifer Prediger, USA. World Premiere.

International Showcase:

Club Sandwich, Dir. Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico.
The Great Museum, Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, Austria.
Han Gong-Ju, Dir. Lee Sujin, South Korea.
Joy of Man’s Desiring, Dir. Denis Coté, Canada. US Premiere.
The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, Dir. Guillaume Nicloux, France.
The Liberator, Dir. Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Spain.
Natural Sciences, Dir. Matías Lucchesi, Argentina/France.
Of Horses and Men, Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/Germany.
Starred Up, Dir. David Mackenzie, Northern Ireland/UK.
Stream of Love, Dir. Àgnes Sòs, Hungary.
Violette, Dir. Martin Provost, France.

Summer Showcase:

The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Dirs. Chapman Way, Maclain Way, USA.
Cut Bank, Dir. Matt Shakman, USA. World Premiere.
Evolution of a Criminal, Dir. Darius Clark Monroe, USA.
Frank, Dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/UK.
Harmontown, Dir. Neil Berkley, USA.
Jimi: All is By My Side, Dir. John Ridley, USA.
Land Ho!, Dirs. Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz, Iceland/USA.
Last Days in Vietnam, Dir. Rory Kennedy, USA.
The Last Time You Had Fun, Dir. Mo Perkins, USA. World Premiere.
The Overnighters, Dir. Jesse Moss, USA.
A Thousand Times Good Night, Dir. Erik Poppe, Ireland/Norway/Sweden.

Free Community Screenings:

Clueless, Dir. Amy Heckerling, USA – Pre-Festival Screening
La Bamba (1987), Dir. Luis Valdez, USA. – Dance-A-Long at Union Station
Limited Partnership, Dir. Thomas G. Miller, USA. – Project Involve Screening
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, Dir. Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker, USA. – Grand Performances Screening
Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Cops (1922), Dir. Buster Keaton, USA. – Grand Performances Screening

The Beyond:

Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Dir. Adam Rifkin, USA. US Premiere.
Jossy’s, Dir. Yuichi Fukuda, Japan. International Premiere.
The Well, Dir. Tom Hammock, USA. World Premiere.


Friday (1995), Dir. F. Gary Gray, USA. – Ice Cube in Conversation
Repo Man (1984), Dir. Alex Cox, USA. – 30th Anniversary Screening

Source: Los Angeles Film Festival

-By Rebecca Murray

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